Science Communication and Public Engagement Sandwich Student
28 Sep 2015



STFC offers you an opportunity to gain paid practical experience as part of your degree, learning on the job and working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers.




ISIS is a world-leading research centre which uses neutrons and muons to study the atomic-level properties of substances – from soap films to superconductors, engineering to earth science, advanced battery components to biomolecules. 

ISIS has over 30 research instruments serving an international community of 2000 scientists. Each year over 400 science papers are published based on ISIS research.

We seek a science communication and public engagement student to play a full role in supporting ISIS science outreach activities to a range of audiences. You will join a team that plays a major role in the life of ISIS promoting science through a range of channels including websites, specialist and national media, events, exhibitions and education activities.

You will have a have a passion for contemporary science and technology and will enjoy using and developing your writing and presentation skills to promote ISIS science and technology.

The role would suit someone with an interest in communicating contemporary science.  You might be a science student wanting to switch into science communication or you might be a journalism student seeking to specialise in science.

Within this role, additional opportunities may exist to take part in science research.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

• Researching, writing and presenting ISIS science through a range of channels
• Managing projects in support of science and society programme
• Support ISIS website content development
• Event and exhibition design and support

Contacts and Communication

The post will report to the ISIS Impact Manager. You will be a member of a small communications team of 4, who work with ISIS staff and users across the range of ISIS communications activities.  The role will involve regular contact with ISIS staff especially scientists, together with members of the ISIS user community, to develop material based on the work that ISIS does.  The role will involve liaison with other communications professionals within STFC.

Personal Skills and Attributes

Whatever your background, you will need to have excellent communications skills, particularly face-to-face interactions and English language writing, and a desire to use these in a scientific environment.

You will also need to be well-organised, enthusiastic, capable of taking projects from initial idea to finished product, and be able to work independently and as part of a team.  Experience of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software is desirable.

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